Monday, January 31, 2011

EIC'S10Q'S w/Lake R▲dio

"..mixing styles of 90's Acid House (sort of) with the earlier days of sample driven Industrial music, Witch House, modern Psychedelic textures, and euphoric IDM, this is something any "techno head" could easily lay their ears into..(oh, and it's free too:)"

Lake R▲dio
Atramentous Cunning-Tronica

Lake R▲dio Bio:
This pet project of Illinois native Caden Moore was done as an exploration into the “darker” realm of music and himself. Citing dreams as the biggest driving force for Lake R▲dio, it’s no wonder his songs have an other-worldly charm, an inverse familiarity like hearing or seeing in a dream. This down tempo electronic music is equal measure creepy and calming that has a gift of taking you away into it’s own world… like a fantastic acid trip where you still have that sneaking suspicion may turn bad at any minute.

Almost all of Lake R▲dio’s samples come from VHS recordings, cassette tapes, some vinyl and even YouTube videos which help explain the well worn and even sinister intimacy all of the songs posses. In many ways for Caden, his Lake R▲dio songs are almost reincarnations of audio that had once existed in a new body of sound.

Hello, how are you?
I am good. It is 4:04 AM I just woke up from sleeping a disgustingly long time. Around 18 hours.

What are you currently listening to?
"Heavy Water/I’d Rather Be Sleeping" by Grouper

Who/what inspired you the most when you began writing for this project?

When I was a kid I had really bad nightmares. Really bizarre, trippy stuff that would freak me the fuck out. I remember these dreams really vividly, too. They weren’t so much about spooky things but were more about bizarre and uncomfortable situations. I also had pretty bad anxiety as a kid, which I feel were a direct result of these nightmares (or maybe the other way around…). Anyway, those dreams I had as a kid are something I try to convey in my music. The more technical answer is that almost all of my songs are based around one sample and a lot of time I try to see how much I can manipulate a sample or how far I can stretch it and mold it into something new.

Is it safe to put you in the Drag/Witch House genre?
Maybe. The triangle in the name doesn’t help. Honestly, I don’t listen to enough Witch House to know whether or not my music falls under that genre. I suppose some of it could be considered Witch House, especially the first two EPs. A lot of my favorite artists are hard to classify with one genre and that is something I am trying to do with my music.

What do you do for a day job?
I am currently unemployed. I did used to teach senior citizens how to use computers, though, which was beyond frustrating. Right now I am in my second year of community college. Next year I will probably be going to Columbia or some sort of liberal arts school in Chicago.

What was your favorite album of 2010?
It’s hard to say since this year was sort of a dud in terms of music. I am terrible at picking favorites but I really enjoyed "Halcyon Digest" by Deerhunter.

Whom you would you like most to collaborate with?

Boards of Canada. It’s the cliché answer for any aspiring electronic musician nowadays, but the fact that they are so allusive and almost mythical is reason enough to want to work with them. It would be amazing to see how they work to create such beautiful music. I would also love to collaborate with a rapper but I don’t listen to any rap music so I don’t know which rapper like to collaborate with. Jay Z maybe? Kanye West? I don’t know.

What’s next for Lake R▲dio?
No idea. I have a few songs I am working on. I might do a remix album where I remix a bunch of my friend’s music as well as some mainstream songs but I haven’t started that yet. Lately I have been spending most of my free-time finishing up an EP with my band Heavy Ghost so I haven’t had a chance to work on any Lake Radio stuff. The next thing I release is probably going to be an EP. I want to start adding more melody and also vocals. The songs I am working on are pretty Shoegazey.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life
..which album would it be?

"Loveless" by My Bloody Valentine.

Are you living your dreams?
Not yet. Soon.

Thanx Caden!

Lake R▲dio is currently working on a follow up to last year's highly overlooked "Planet Earth About To Be Recycled"...

REVIEW: Lake R▲dio - Planet Earth About To Be Recycled

7.75 out of 10
Find it here.

A few months ago I came across Lake R▲dio (another freebie ala Bandcamp). I listened to the album "Planet Earth About To Be Recycled" a couple times in a row and thought it was pretty good. Every listen after that I noticed myself becoming more and more addicted. Each layer, sample, mechanistic operation and dream-like sequence left me wanting more. Actually, song's like "Watcher" and "Binker Part Two" were a couple of the best tracks I heard in 2010 (yes they're that good). Turns out with each listen I would find more and more songs that I was equally addicted to.

So what kind of music is Lake R▲dio? Not necessarily "Witch House" although one might think that with the "▲" symbol. Not necessarily "normal" Electronic music either. More so in-between the two, think Boards Of Canada meets a "Lo-Fi" John Carpenter (kind of). Lake R▲dio is one man's focus on his "disturbing" dreams, which if his dreams are half as spooky as his compositions are at some points I could see how it could mold him into the man he is today.. "Planet Earth About To Be Recycled" is Caden Moore's debut LP under this moniker. A strong debut at that. Mixing styles of 90's Acid House (sort of) with the earlier days of sample driven Industrial music, Witch House, modern Psychedelic textures, and euphoric IDM, Lake R▲dio is something any "techno head" could easily lay their ears into. It's kind of hard to slap a genre on this kind of music although I'm sure most people will assume "Witch House". Please don't short change this artist though. This is the beginning of an interesting Electronic musician's up and coming career that could or could not break the mold of a tiring genre. Much like many of the tracks on this album Mr. Moore doesn't promise to stick to just one style. Also, the fact that this artist creates most of his music from VHS samples simply puts a smile on my face. Why not right? Gawd I love what the internet has done to modern Pop sounds/art.

OK Mr. R▲dio, you've got my attention, just keep it up and give more more, stat. It's "free", what do you have to lose? HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (#71 of 2010).

Standout Tracks: VCR Operation (CCU-esque), I've Been Gone, Binker Part Two, Watcher (I dare you not to LOVE this song), Lights

Check into ArnHao..

ArnHao - Love Fades

To me, anything that sounds like a cross between Junior Boys and How To Dress Well is worth becoming addicted to. ArnHao's "Love Fades" single comes out on February 14th via Denmark Records.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

EICV7" No. 4 - RxGibbs

Fans of Slowdive's "Pygmallion" as well as Auburn Lull's ambient lush textures please prescribe to RxGibbs..

Next release comes out February 14th. Info (ReEeEeAL) soon..

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cool Video Funtime #222 - Northern Darkness

Mark Linkous (R.I.P.) + Azure Ray = new song for you..

“Silverlake” is a non-album track from the Azure Ray’s "Drawing Down The Moon" album. This early version was recorded with the late Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse).

Sounds like a match made in heaven.

Have you heard the new Seefeel track?

Seefeel - Dead Guitars

Stream some other tracks while you're at it:]

Seefeel's "Seefeel" comes out February 8th via Warp.

This song almost sounds like a "return to form" for this band..

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PVT 2011 US Tour..

PVT w/Warpaint '11

03-16 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
03-17 Eugene, OR - W.O.W. Hall
03-18 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
03-20 Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
03-23 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
03-24 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
03-25 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
03-29 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03-30 Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl
03-31 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04-01 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of the Living Arts
04-02 Washington, DC - Black Cat
04-03 Raleigh, NC - King’s Barcade
04-05 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
04-07 New Orleans, LA - Republic
04-08 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s
04-09 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
04-11 Dallas, TX - The Loft
04-13 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress

Oh, and while I'm at HERE's a Free remix by Midnight Juggernauts.


Check into Com Truise

Com Truise - Cyanide Sisters

OK, so this artist has been surfing around the web for the past year or so, you probably have heard of him by now? But did you know you can get his debut FOR FREE (or pay for it through Ghostly if you prefer bonus tracks)? You should choose one of those options..

Monday, January 24, 2011

EIC'S10Q'S w/Evan Voytas

"..a way with melding 80's Electro Pop with Dream Pop (just a tad) and modern sounding Bedroom Pop. I am somewhat reminded of a "jangle-ier/poppier"/more nostalgic M83 ...sometimes.."

Evan Voytas
Self-Regulating Blasé Pop

Evan Voytas Bio:
LA-based Evan Voytas creates an intimate concoction of pop music that takes you back in time while pushing you into the future. It's a sweet juxtaposition – like half-formed memories that you're not sure ever really existed.

Evan sings with a dreamy, incandescent falsetto that wraps around gauzy atmospherics and electronic beats, while synth-lines flutter across the compositions. A jazz musician at heart and craft, Evan translates a classic training into a modern aesthetic. The title track belies his undeniable finesse with melody, and a songwriting talent that’s natural yet refined beyond his years.

Hello, how are you?
I'm doing well, thanks.

What are you currently listening to?
I've been listening to Fleetwood Mac lately.

How long have you been writing music?
Since I was 11 or 12. I wrote a few songs, I think one was called "Around the Bend" and another was called "Dream Mixer (Mixes Dreams in a Can)."

I LOVE the track "Spirit Animal". I was wondering.. Out of all the many FREE/Awesome tracks you have released which one is your favorite?

When did you become acquainted with Cascine?
Just a few months back. Jeff from Cascine told me about the label and I liked the sound of it. From there we started putting together a plan for the EP.

Do you plan on touring for your "Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere" EP?
We just got back from New York where we played a bunch of shows for CMJ, and also just finished up a residency at the Echo here in LA. No plans on touring in the immediate future.

Have you done any cover songs/do you want to cover any songs?
I recorded a cover of "Never My Love" by the Association and also a cover of a rare B-side from the Cure, "A Few Hours After This..." I think they're both around the internet somewhere.

What's next for you, is there a full length coming soon?
I'll be working on a full-length at the end of this year to release in the first part of 2011.

You can only keep/listen to ONE album for the rest of your life ..which album would it be?
"Koln Concert" by Keith Jarrett

Are you living your dream?

I feel like I was in a happier, healthier place before I started getting this involved in the music industry. I keep thinking soon I'll be able to reconcile the happiness and the healthiness with the music career, we'll see.

Thanx Jeff & Evan!

Evan Voytas is currently working on his debut LP, look for that sometime real soon!

REVIEW: Evan Voytas - Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere

7 out of 10

It was about a year ago when I first stumbled across Evan Voytas. He's got quite a few free singles/EPs on the web, but it was the song "I Run With You, Spirit Animal" that truly spoke to me, I listened to it back to back to back to back to etc. Since then, I have made it a point to find, follow, click, and download everything involving this up and comer's blossoming career. Flash forward about 4 months later, and a new label was born, Cascine. Cascine is a cousin label to SRVC (which you may or may not know releases some of the best "across the pond" Electronic Pop/Kraut music today). Since it's birth, Cascine has gone on to release some of the finest EP's of any present young internet label out there. Naturally, when I heard Cascine would be releasing Mr Voytas' (official) debut EP I knew it would be a match made in ear heaven.

"Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere" is a more than promising debut, it could (maybe) be the future of Indie Electro music. Evan Voytas has a way with melding 80's Electro Pop with Dream Pop (just a tad) and modern sounding Bedroom Pop. I am somewhat reminded of a "jangle-ier/poppier"/more nostalgic M83 ...sometimes. What I like the most about Evan's sound is it's care-free apathetic approach towards itself. He only asserts himself as much as needed, and that works. Sometimes simple just works best with albums like these, and as long as Evan keeps to it he could end up being one of the leading innovators of today's Internet music scene. I imagine "Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere" working well as a soundtrack for a road trip to the beach. You'll want to spend the day at said beach, relax & truly absorb it's grandeur. Worry about that moment only, tomorrow night you can do more and go anywhere. Only, I don't live near a shoreline, so I'll just have to assume this, as well as remain hopeful through my long and grey "stuck in the middle of the country" Winter nights that I will one day utilize this album for said venture. -sigh- At least I do feel a little warmer now, now that I've got Evan by the sides of my head..:)

If you like your Indie Electronic music with a dash of hermetic intellect and touching bits of cool human emotion Evan's got what ales ya. Can't wait for the debut LP! Til then.. Recommended.

Standout Tracks: Tomorrow Night We'll Go Anywhere, Astro, We'll Go Far

Cool Video Funtime #221 - Marooned

Quality Mixtape find..

Creep: Fact Mix 213

1. How To Dress Well – Take It On (Holy Other Remix)
2. Pantha Du Prince – Tau
3. Guido – Beautiful Complication
4. Delooze – Too Heavy To Stand Up (Dark Sky Remix)
5. Ciara – Gimme Dat
6. Canblaster – Triple Ring
7. Creep – Days (Drop The Lime Remix)
8. Katy B & Ms Dynamite – Lights On
9. Hot Natured – Equilibrium
10. Crime Mob – Rock Yo Hips
11. Kanye Wet feat. Rihanna – All Of The Lights
12. Ciara – Deuces (Nguzunguzu Remix)
13. Darko – Hyli

These Fact mixes never cease to amaze me.. Be quick though, they only stay up for a few weeks.

Check into Cat's Eyes..

Cat's Eyes is a new project from Faris Badwan of The Horrors. The above video was performed/shot live at The Vatican. The group's debut EP "Broken Glass" comes out February 28th via Polydor. Their self-titled debut LP comes out May 3rd. Too long to wait, I wantneed this album NOW!

Click HERE to get a free song.